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Man found dead in Council Bluffs, tied to fatal officer-involved shooting

Posted at 11:35 AM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-07 19:28:54-04

3:30 p.m. update:

The Council Bluffs Police Department says at approximately 12:29 p.m., the Pottawattamie County Communications Center received a call to a residence in the 200 block of Yellow Pole Road involving a man down/medical call.

Authorities responded and discovered a deceased 51-year-old male inside the residence.

Information developed during both of these investigations shows they are tied together.

No additional information will be released until tomorrow morning.

A press conference is planned for Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Council Bluffs Police Department.

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The Council Bluffs Police Department (CBPD) says an incident this morning along Indian Hills Road was a "fatal officer involved shooting" which started near 205th Street and Juniper Road after a driver refused to pull over during an attempted stop.

The Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputy who attempted the stop says the driver refused and fired several gunshots from the vehicle. The driver was able to evade the deputy but was spotted in Council Bluffs near Railroad Avenue by Council Bluffs Police and another pursuit started.

During the second pursuit, CBPD says more shots were fired from the vehicle at pursuing officers and that one police SUV was struck by the gunfire.

The driver ended up on Indian Hills Road where he lost control of the vehicle near the 1400 block and the vehicle rolled on its side.

CBPD says several officers surrounded the vehicle and observed the male driver holding two guns. One was aimed at a female passenger and the other in the direction of officers. They say they tried to convince the driver to put down his weapons but that he refused.

Next they say, "An officer at the scene fired one round at the driver, striking him in the head, ending the hostage situation."

The name of the driver, the passenger and the officers involved have not been released at this time.

The CBPD says the female passenger was taken to the hospital and they will release more information about the incident later today.

The incident is being investigated by the State of Iowa's Division of Criminal Investigation.